ALBANY, N.Y. – The state and federal Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Oneida County, operating from the Whitesboro Fire Department at 171 Oriskany Boulevard, will close Thursday, October 27, at 8 p.m., according to officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Several DRCs remain open to serve the public. People who were unable to visit the facility closing Thursday can seek information and guidance at those DRCs that continue to operate throughout the area affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. Currently, most of these centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The centers are staffed with disaster recovery specialists who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance, according to FEMA and state officials.
FEMA strongly urges people adversely affected by the recent storms and flooding to register with FEMA before visiting the centers.
Applicants for assistance will be advised where the closest Disaster Recovery Center is located during the registration process. For those who have already registered, phone FEMA’s Helpline at 800-621-3362. A link to a list is also available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or can be reached directly at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/locator.
Information to have ready when registering with FEMA includes the address of the damaged property, names of members of the household, a general description of the damage, the Social Security number of any family member living in the home, the extent of insurance coverage and certain other information needed to expedite the process.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.